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Nayarit Female Figure, Pre-Columbian West Mexico

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Nayarit Female Figure, Pre-Columbian West Mexico
This impressive earthenware female figure measures approximately 9 tall by about 4 wide, and represents a type from the Nayarit region of Pre-Columbian West Mexico. Circa 200 B.C. 300 A.D.

She is rendered in the seated position, with arms curved and hands resting upon her hips. Her puffy coffee bean type eyes lend her a subdued, trance-like gaze, perhaps indicative of being engaged in an altered state of consciousness or trance. She is shown heavily adorned with multiple bracelets extending far up each arm, as well as perforations perhaps indicating ear adornments. Her hair is arranged in a complex style, showing what may be a woven-in decoration that takes the general shape of a star when viewed from the back.

Sufficient amounts of original red, white and black pigments remain overall to show that the figure was depicted wearing a red shirt-like garment, and as having swirl-like designs rendered on her buttocks and legs, as well as red stripes against white pigment extending down her face.

Condition: Intact and in remarkable original condition with no restoration, no repair and no repaint. Only very minor abrasions and chipping in places overall, with expected weathering and wear to the surface. Heavy, black Manganese deposits, as well as root marks, sediment and other mineral deposits cover the entire surface, all evidence of the age and authenticity of this piece.

Provenance: Former Arizona, USA private collection.



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